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tonight from nbc's leanne gregg. >> reporter: a day after five snowboarders were killed in a massive back country avalanche on loveland pass, thrill seekers returned. >> the adrenaline rush. that's why i'm here. >> back country skiing is amazing. it is fantastic. but everyone has to be cognizant of the risk at all times. >> reporter: they were not far from where the 600-foot-wide and 8-foot-deep avalanche swept up six snowboarders. only one survived. he freed himself and called for help. when rescuers arrived it was too late for the others. >> they were buried in very hard, heavy debris, so they either sustained injuries or they died from suffocating in the debris pile. >> reporter: all six men in their 30s were expert riders. among those who perished, ian lamphere, trained as a heli ski guide in alaska. rick goccle, who a friend called one of the most educated back country guides in the world and joe timlin, who is quoted as saying snowboarding was his life. they were all well equipped with proper safety gear. >> just because you have all the rescue equipment, it doesn't prevent the aval
. leanne gregg is on the scene. she has more for us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lester. the snowboarders used a trail not far from here to get to the mountain. then while hiking up the mountain, not while snowboarding, officials say they triggered the deadly slide. heavy spring snow nearly two feet in the last ten days creating conditions so bad, forecasters call it the worst avalanche danger in decades. >> it's nasty back there. >> reporter: this is the path of an avalanche on loveland pass that on saturday swept up six snowboarders. one survived uninjured but partially buried who freed himself and called for help. rescuers, too late for the other five, even though they'd been well prepared for back country conditions. >> just because you have all the rescue equipment, it doesn't prevent the avalanches. >> reporter: on thursday, not far from loveland pass, another snowboarder died in an avalanche. experts say nationwide, 24 people have been killed in avalanches this season. 11 in colorado. and the threat is not over. >> the newer snow that's on top is very unstable. so
today. here's nbc's leanne gregg. >> reporter: in the landmark ruling, a federal judge says the government must make the morning-after pill available to all ages without requiring a prescription for those under age 17. the ruling also says the pills must be moved from behind pharmacy counters to store shelves. in 2011, the food and drug administration had planned to lift age limits, but health and human services secretary sebelius overruled the recommendations citing health concerns for young girls. president obama supported her decision. >> he supports that decision today. he believes it was the right common sense approach to this issue. >> women want secretary sebelius and the rest of the administration to stand with the fda. the fda made this decision based on science. a court said the administration should let the fda's decision stand. >> reporter: the ruling today says the government's refusal to allow access to the pill was arbitrary, ka preeshcapricious, unreasonable. the judge ordered the fda to lift the restrictions within 30 days, a move critics oppose. >> our conc
and humiliated by what happened. as leanne gregg reports, the airline says it was following policy. >> reporter: they were headed home from denver for los angeles after attending a relative's funeral last august. they say when they got to their gate, a us airways employee denied them access to their first-class seats unless they removed their baseball caps, put on a button up shirt and nicer shoes and changed from jeans into slacks. >> i never experienced discrimination like that before. >> reporter: they returned to the gate in different attire. when they finally took their seats in first class, they say they were shocked to see two young men, one caucasian and other philippifilipino wearing d the other a hooted sweatshirt wearing anything but business casual they were told was required. >> it's racial discrimination. >> reporter: in lawsuit filed this week in federal court, the warrens are seeking punitive damages but both men say it's not money they are after. in a written statement us airways said "we welcome customers of all ethnicities and backgrounds and do not tolerate discrimination of
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